Fined for cray­pot in­ter­fer­ence

Kwinana Courier - - News -

A MAN who pulled an­other cray­fisher’s pots last year was found guilty af­ter a trial at Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 29.

Spear­wood man An­gelo De Rober­tis was or­dered to pay $12,181 in fines and costs for in­ter­fer­ing with the lob­ster pots.

The trial came af­ter the owner of the rock lob­ster pots con­fronted De Rober­tis as he re­moved a rock lob­ster from one of the pots.

The court was told that, un­der the di­rec­tion of the owner, the of­fender re­placed a western rock lob­ster back into the pot and dropped it back in the wa­ter for the owner to re­trieve.

The owner later lodged a com­plaint with Fish­Watch and a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted at the Spear­wood home of DeRober­tis, at which time he made full ad­mis­sions to pulling the pot, but claimed he was un­tan­gling the pot.

In hand­ing down the rul­ing last month, the mag­is­trate took into ac­count De Rober­tis had lost the use of his ves­sel for more than 20 months. When De Rober­tis com­mit­ted the of­fence in Jan­uary last year, the 73year-old had his ves­sel seized by Fish­eries and Ma­rine of­fi­cers.

How­ever, the ves­sel was not for­feited in this case.

De­tails on WA’s fish­ing rules can be found at www. fish.wa.gov.au. To re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour, call Fish­Watch on 1800 815 507.

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